Alex Goligoski was signed today to a three-year contract, the Penguins announced.
Go-go is likely going to be a big part of the Penguins’ future on the blue line. He appeared in 45 games during the regular season this year, scoring 6 goals and adding 14 assists. He also appeared in 2 playoff games as well.
His regular season numbers were enough to finish 3rd among all rookie defensemen in the NHL. Pretty impressive considering he only played half a season.
With Rob Scuderi and Hal Gill both being unrestricted free agents, this signing probably means one of them is gone.
Ray Shero’s statement:
“Alex is a skilled young defenseman and a tremendous skater, and we are pleased to sign him to a multi-year deal as we continue to build our young core,” Shero said. “He gained some valuable experience this season and made contributions to our Stanley Cup run. He is another example of a great future here in Pittsburgh.”
He’s another one of the Penguins’ prospects that is making his way to the NHL rather quickly. That prospect pool is getting a little thin and ‘experts’ say its one of the most depleted in the league now.
I guess that’s what happens when you have first-round draft picks go straight to the main club, win scoring titles and raise the Stanley Cup.
I think we’ll be alright. Welcome Go-go!
Chris | PPT